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Thursday Lunch Run

Thursday, February 07, 2013

It's late, I need to get to bed . . . but I need to document the run, so I blog.

Thursday, a work at home day. The bad foot is not much better than it was Tuesday. Tough call whether to run today or try to run tomorrow, with the long run planned for Sunday. The decision was made by the weather forecast. We're supposed to get the edge of Winter Storm Nemo tomorrow, with several inches of snow forecast. Even if I get the traditional half of the lower end of the forecast, that's still annoying footing to run in by tomorrow evening.

So today, a lunch run. 29° F, 12-15 mph ESE wind, hazy sunshine. I ran around the section to the west, which has me running into the wind later in the run when I'd prefer earlier; but the distance to the west was what I wanted, not the distance around the section to the east.

Got a twinge from the off and on sore thigh a bit past a quarter mile, then it quieted down. The shoulders were mostly clear and dry. No further complaints from the various body parts. My shoes stayed dry enough I didn't have to change them when I came in.

As I was stretching, I realized that my biggest concern in the last third of the run was managing my breathing and endurance, i.e. a cardio concern. I'm not totally sure how much that means. It's good news that I wasn't worried about any sore body part; but that may be mostly because of the near-normal footing. If so, running today was a good decision.

Runkeeper reported the effort as 4.61 miles in 31:43, for an average pace of 6:53 per mile. It seems that's right about where things shake out when I just go out to run, not trying to run slow and not trying to sprint.

The way the work day went, it was a Very Good Thing to have a run on the lunch hour. Got to my volunteer job this evening and was able to leave the paid job behind emotionally. That is a Good Thing.

. . . and for those of you who think I run in cold weather, I don't really. Today I ran in good running weather. CHRISTINA791 runs in cold weather:

And now, off to bed. Tomorrow will be another long day, with snow in the forecast. Hopefully the shoulders will be reasonably clear by Sunday, when I want to do a long run.
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    You are a really go getter Kevin!
    1960 days ago
    Having done my own coldest run at 32, starting in the high 20's, I can say I'd rather not... but I can. CHRISTINA791 temps? I wouldn't even start. Now, that's a REAL cold weather runner.

    But then, I wimp for darkness! Gave myself an extra rest day yesterday. Legs were feeling leaden, and I counted up how long it had been since my last true rest day (no running and no ST, either). Yep, good choice. Extra sleep instead.

    Hope you wake / woke on Friday well rested and ready for the long day!
    1963 days ago
    She's quite dedicated, that's for sure. When did they start naming winter storms? Hope it is not as bad as they are forecasting.
    1963 days ago
    Very impressive speed, Mobycarp!! That is awesome that you can go that fast without really pushing it. I don't need to tell you to keep running! Take care and keep enjoying those runs. Wishing you good weather for running!!
    1963 days ago
  • DALID414
    Omg! I went out for a test walk in 57 degree weather and knew I wouldn't be able to run tomorrow if it rains. I'm definitely a weather wimp!
    1963 days ago
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